It was 93 degrees—the heat of the day—and I decided to run the steep hill located near our house. It’s a road that leads to a cell tower. It isn’t anything special, but the switchbacks are a butt buster. My goal was up and down three times for a total of three miles.
The pavement was hot, the sun bright, and the air dry. I plugged in my ear buds and listened to some tunes as I took on the monster of a hill. Why? Because I could. You see, for the last two years, I have had to say “no” to a lot of things I enjoy. Even when I would say “yes,” I would hurt and not enjoy them. I’ve been enduring life and feeling like I had one foot in the grave.
BUT NOT TODAY! Today, I said “yes.” I said yes to something that challenged me physically and mentally. I said yes to exercising in the heat and pushing my limits…because I could.
Back in October of 2016, I got sick, and I stayed sick for most of 2017 with what ended up being Valley Fever. Valley Fever is a fungal infection that can be as simple as some sniffles or kill you. Think pneumonia but fungal based, and you are close. My case kicked my butt by filling my lungs up with fluid and giving me a horrific cough that felt like I would lose a lung. I had zero energy, and I was sleeping 15 hours a day.
Every day I would do what I could but had to say “no” to activities I loved. Worse, I couldn’t challenge myself. Just getting out of bed was difficult enough most days! Just when I got over Valley Fever, my thyroid went wacky, as did my hormones, this January. The short version is I have been feeling like crap and hurting all the time.
After much frustration and several doctors, I am finally getting treatment for hypothyroid and low hormone levels. Within a week of treatment, I noticed a difference. Now a month out, I am feeler stronger and more energetic. So, if you ask why in the world I would run this hill three times in the heat of the day (three times last week), it is because I could, and I was sick of saying I can’t.
I was able to say yes. When I questioned if I really could, I told myself I would not say no— NOT TODAY. I’ve said no more times than I care to count over the last couple of years. Today, I said yes, and I challenge YOU to say YES to whatever you’ve pushed aside for whatever reason. Quit saying no…not today!
If you want to say yes to a leaner, stronger you, then get a copy of my Get Lean with Lorraine’s Lunges DVD. You’ll work your entire body and can do so in the comfort of your home.